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Preventative antibiotics after assisted childbirth almost halve maternal infection rate and reduce overall antibiotic use


Giving a single dose of preventative antibiotics to all women after childbirth involving forceps or vacuum extraction could prevent almost half of maternal infections including sepsis -- equivalent to over 7,000 maternal infections every year in the UK, and around 5,000 in the USA.


"Pregnancy-associated infection is a major cause of death and serious illness. Almost 1 in 5 women develop an infection after assisted vaginal delivery and our results show that this could be reduced by almost half by a single dose of prophylactic antibiotic."

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